Durango's Steakhouse, 4825 Helen Hauser Boulevard, Titusville, FL - 0.5-Stars
Friends, as you know, the Big Boy is no younker. Having dined since 1966, and having reviewed almost 500 restaurants since 2017, I've been around the block a few times. The question I am asked...most often is, "Big Boy, where is the best steak in Brevard?" Well, I can tell you that the best steak in the State of Florida is served by Bern's Steak House in Tampa. As for the best steak on the Space Coast, the Magic Eight Ball only reads, "Reply hazy. Try again." But I do know unequivocally that it's not found at Durango's Steakhouse in Titusville.
First, let me get service out of the way. Shandy was our waitstaff and although she is a friendly sort, she is not going to win any service awards. The food preparation moved at a glacial pace. You would think that with an open concept kitchen, the staff would be a bit more conscientious about their work ethic. But, no. All of us starving patrons were forced to watch what may be the worst line in Brevard County goof off and play grab-ass instead of properly cooking our meals.
I ordered the Cowboy Ribeye medium rare. I usually do this at chain steak places. Otherwise, you end up with a charred Pittsburgh. As you can see from the photo, it came out well done. Fail. My over-done steak came with a below average side salad. I envision the dishwasher siphoning the dressing out of a 55-gallon drum into smaller containers. The side of Chipotle Bacon Mac N Cheese was flat out disgusting. I do not know who conceived of this dish, but it tasted like someone poured in two containers of Italian dressing. Congratulations, Durango's, you win an award after all. You've inspired me to open the category, Worst Conceived Dish.
The Big Boy says, "If you want to watch incompetent people overcook low grade steaks, fine. Otherwise, skip this detritus."More